There is no one has a greater ability to damage your reputation than you do. Where you are today is based on the reputation you created for yourself yesterday. As a new manager, for the first time, people are not only evaluating you from above looking to see what kind of impression you make, but now people are following you, waiting for you to set the tone and be a leader. Your future as a manager and leader will be determined not just by a financial report but also in a larger sense by how you work with others. What you do today therefore creates your reputation of tomorrow. Successful managers are not those who always have the answers, but those who continue to listen and learn.
higherground Ethics for new managers Start your reputation right by upholding professional principles “Your reputation is your resume.” —MADELINE ALBRIGHT, DIPLOMAT by Carl D. York, CPM® O pen any news publication or worked hard to achieve a profession- and not being concerned with how watch virtually any news program al designation, that of an ARM®, a it will look tomorrow worth compro- today and you will find someone who CPM or ACoM. You were not able to mising your honesty and character? appears to have made a bad judgment become a member without attending Hopefully not. in dealing with their family or their an ethics class and obtaining recom- Successful managers are not those business. While it may seem that we mendations from fellow members of who always have the answers, but have lost our ability to control the the Institute. Recommending a can- those who continue to listen and things around us, it is certainly a fact didate is not done lightly. As IREM learn. Not every question has an that no one has a greater ability to Members, we rely on each other to answer based on policy, law or past damage your reputation than you do. maintain the value of the Institute by experience. When faced with the “gray For you newer managers out there, our actions. We must believe that you areas” that so often arise, take the time you have achieved your position based will continue to display the highest to ask your supervisor or one of your not only on how others see you, but level of integrity in your dealings with peers, “How would you handle this because your past achievements have others. situation?” Asking a question is not a met or exceeded the guidelines estab- Each one of us has pledged our- sign of weakness; it is a sign of good lished for your position. Where you selves to uphold the 14 Articles of judgment and leadership. are today is based on the reputation Conduct listed in the IREM Code of If you set your moral compass to point towards protecting your good Successful managers are not those who name, even in the face of difficult
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